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What is Comfort?

Comfort can be defined as a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint, but what does this mean for you when you’re looking for a mattress? You spend on average a third of each day in bed, which also means we spend an average of one-third of our lives in bed. When looking at these numbers you begin to see just how important a comfortable mattress along with a good night’s sleep really is. This leads to the question of what is more comfortable for you, a firm mattress or a soft one? This can depend on different variables such as what position you sleep in (back, side, or stomach), medical conditions, chronic pain, and age just to list a few.

Firm mattresses are often documented for helping with and relieving back pain due to its ability to give adequate support to the spine during sleep, but not known to be as comfortable due to the lack of conformability. Some recent studies are finding more evidence that medium-firm mattresses are alleviating more pain than a firm; this is usually attributed to the combination of support and conformability. The combination of support and conformability is like getting the best of both all wrapped up in one mattress, this option is often considered the more comfortable mattress for buyers.

Then, there are still some that prefer a soft mattress over firmer options. Soft mattresses allow your body to sink down and give the feeling of floating on a cloud. While this feeling is often longed for, it’s not always suitable for everyone. People with back and neck pain find that they do not get enough support and elderly people report that they have trouble turning over at night, and getting out of the bed in the morning.

The bottom line in finding comfort in a mattress is knowing what is going to work best for your body; there isn’t any one mattress suitable for every person. When finding a mattress most comfortable for you it is vital that you take time and do the research and make sure to read the reviews to know what you are getting.

Feature, Stephanie WatsonWebMD. “The Best Mattress for a Good Night’s Sleep.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/best-mattress-good-nights-sleep

“Mattresses and (Back) Pain Relief.” Best Mattresses For Pain Relief and Bad Back 2013 : Sleeping Position and Firmness : Memory Foam Latex Air : Soft Hard : Hip Shoulder Problem. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
http://www.sleeplikethedead.com/mattress-bad-back.html

Guide to the Perfect Pillow

The first pillows were simply wooden or rock headrests that supported the neck in Egypt and helped to not smudge tribal body paint in Africa and later to not ruin fancy hairdos in North America and England. Additionally, there is a health benefit in having the neck elevated to allow air flow and keep the body cooler. The Chinese developed a ceramic pillow that was able to be filled with hot or cold water depending on the time of year.1 The idea behind all pillows has always been that, regardless of an individual’s sleep position, the spine, neck and head are all aligned.

The first step in choosing your perfect pillow is determining how you typically sleep. Most people are back sleepers, side sleepers or stomach sleepers. Each of these positions has different benefits and requires specific pillows to adjust the head for the best and most restful sleep.

  • Back sleepers typically need a pillow thin enough to not push the head and neck too far forward. Sleeping on one’s back with a contoured or “s-shaped” pillow is the most ideal sleep position due to back and neck support, reducing acid reflux and helping to prevent wrinkles. 2
  • Side sleepers will require a thicker, firmer pillow to prevent the spine from dipping down as there is a further distance from the neck to the mattress in the side sleeping position. Side sleeping is not as ideal as sleeping on one’s back; however, it will help with snoring that is at its worst when sleeping on the back. Also, sleeping in this position is the recommended position for pregnant women as sleeping on the back puts all the fetal weight on a major blood vessel.1
  • Stomach sleeping is discouraged by experts because it pushes the neck backwards and forces individuals to have to keep their heads turned in one direction for hours at a time. Because of this, experts recommend a very thin pillow or no pillow at all. Again, the goal is to keep the spine, neck and head aligned. Although this position is not ideal for the spine, it opens up the airways making snoring less likely. 2

Stuffing Material

  • Memory foam pillows will offer the same benefits a memory foam mattress will such as alleviating pressure points and adding support; however, the pillows do not allow you to adjust the pillow to each individual’s desired shape and thickness.2
  • Natural-fill pillows (feather and down) are still very popular because of their “customizable” properties. An individual can warp the pillow to fit their needs and are typically very soft. These pillows typically last longer than synthetic pillows.3
  • Latex pillows are great because they are the firmest type of pillow and are not prone to mold and dust mites.2
  • Polyester blend pillows are the cheapest type of pillow but will not stand the test of time and will not give the same support as some more expensive pillows.

Retire Your Pillow

People have the strange need to hang on to pillows long after they are broken. Experts say that individuals should buy a new pillow every 12-18 months to insure that you are getting the most support and comfort out of a pillow, not to mention bacteria and mold that can build up in such a personal item. The easiest way to test if your pillow is still in working condition is to fold the pillow in half or in thirds for a King sized pillow and push all of the air out of the pillow. When letting the pillow go, it should spring back into shape and unfold completely without assistance.3 If it does not, your pillow is broken.

Bibliography

1. Carskadon, Mary A. Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreaming. New York: Macmillan Pub., 1993.

2. Bouchez, Colette. “The Best Pillow: Foam, Down, Anti-Snoring, Support, Comfort, and More.” WebMD. WebMD. Web. 25 May 2012. <http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/snuggle-up-with-the-perfect-pillow&gt;.

3. Maas, Dr. James B., Megan L. Wherry, David J Axelrod, Barbara R. Hogan, and Jennifer A. Blumin. Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance. New York : Villard, 1998.

More about our Certi-PUR-US Certified Memory Foam Mattresses

The CertiPUR-US® program is administered by a nonprofit organization and is the most rigorous and comprehensive certification for polyurethane foam.  BedInABox.com is proud to be one of the first companies in the US to have their mattresses tested by and certified by the CertiPUR-US® program. The CertiPUR-US® certification is part of our commitment to our customers to provide the best products possible, at the most affordable prices possible.

BedInABox – First to Exclusively Specify Certipur-US Certified Foams

(Loudon, TN –September 8, 2009) The first bedding manufacturer to offer mattresses and bedding products exclusively containing CertiPUR-US certified foams is BedInABox, LLC, based in Piney Flats, TN. The company is an internet foam mattress manufacturer and e-tailer that makes mattresses, mattress covers, pillows, adjustable and platform beds available through their Web site at www.BedInABox.com.

While BedinaBox is the first to exclusively specify CertiPUR-US foams, momentum is building within the bedding and upholstered furniture manufacturers for use of CertiPUR-US registered foam products. There are now four U.S.-based foam producers offering CertiPUR-US certified foams and two additional companies are expected to offer certified foam by the end of this year. Companies offering certified foams are listed in the products section at www.certipur.us.

The CertiPUR-US certification process examines flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) products through a battery of independent laboratory examinations including tests for VOCs and chemical analysis. Compliant products pass the laboratory testing requirements and are certified to be manufactured without use of prohibited content such as ozone-depleting CFCs, PBDE fire retardants, lead, mercury and other materials of concern. CertiPUR-US also sets baseline requirements for foam physical performance that can contribute to foam comfort and durability.

The CertiPUR-US seal can be used as a value-added marketing tool for upholstered furniture and mattresses that contain certified foam cushioning products to help consumers make informed buying decisions.

The CertiPUR-US certification program is open to all foam manufacturers. To earn CertiPUR-US certification, foams must undergo laboratory testing and adhere to the U.S. Voluntary Physical Performance and Environmental Certification Guidelines for Flexible Polyurethane Foam for Use in Furniture and Bedding Items. These guidelines were developed over the past several years by industry members, scientists, members of the academic community, environmentalists and other experts.

BedinaBox.com is a fresh new concept in high quality mattresses offered at fair prices presented simply and delivered quickly and efficiently through e-commerce. Founded by Bill Bradley in 2006, BedinaBox is operated from a modern 150,000 square foot facility in Piney Flats, TN.

Conceived by the Polyurethane Foam Association, CertiPUR-US is now a program of the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam, Inc. The program is adapted from, and closely aligned with, the European CertiPUR program, developed in 2002 by Europur, the association of European flexible polyurethane foam block manufacturers. Two key additions in the CertiPUR-US program include the U.S. minimum physical performance criteria and shorter intervals between recertification testing.

More information is available at www.certipur.us.